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Old School WordlePaul Wilkinson reminds us that before Wordle became the hottest thing since the Internet wordles were also known as word clouds or tag clouds. The more frequently a word occurs the more prominently it appears in the wordle. The one above is based on the whole Bible.

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It’s fall y’all. The little bird is telling everyone how cold it is in the morning. You can follow him on Twitter. Meteorologists, who study weather and not meteors for some reason, consider September, October and November to be the fall months. The autumnal equinox is not until September 22nd which most people (and calendars) consider the first day of fall in the northern hemisphere and the first day spring in the southern. My family has already been apple picking and I can tell the weather is changing. It’s almost enough to cause me to wear long sleeves and not go outside barefoot. It’s time for the social media posts to start in about hoodies, furry boots, hot cocoa and bonfires. All your favorite fall activities are centered around trying to keep warm. I understand the appeal of some of those things but fall is a transition season into winter. I don’t get those people. Whether you love winter or not it hates all of us equally, that’s why it is trying to kill us. Refer back to the angry bird in the picture. He gets it.

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Apples in season – As soon as the Satur-deja Vu was published last week my family packed up and headed to Blue Ridge, GA. The weather forecast called for only a 60% chance of thunderstorms that day as opposed to 80% on Sunday and Monday. Labor Day weekend was the first “U-Pick” event at Mercier Orchards and we definitely made the right call. Apple/ apple cinnamon is the official flavor of fall in our home, not pumpkin spice, and we came home with a peck. That’s approximately 2.2 gallons.

Then on Tuesday Teresa and I celebrated our 25th anniversary. September 6th, 1997, was the same day as Princess Diana’s funeral. Mother Teresa passed away the same day as well. We were married 12 years before our daughter Johannah was born. Other couples our age have children that are grown and some have grandchildren. My younger brother became Grandpa Bunch earlier this year at the age of 40. I’m happy where we are.

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College football kicks off today. I’m sorry. I don’t know where these predictions come from but, yeah, this all seems legit. The big news is that the college football playoffs are expanding to 12 teams. Sometimes four doesn’t seem like enough but the current CFP (College Football Playoff) series has been in place since 2014. The 12 teams will consist of the six highest-ranked conference champions and six at-large teams, similar to other NCAA tournaments. 2026 is when the expanded format might begin, after the CFP contract expires. But the powers that be would like to it start as early as 2024.

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I know what you’re thinking. That’s a Happy Monday post. Most any given week you would be right. This week’s Happy Monday was hard to put together. There just wasn’t enough stuff in the folder. Oddly enough there were Bible verses and quotes but a lack of funny bits. So this week we have gone overboard and have enough material for three Monday posts. I also drink coffee on Saturday; I’m headed to a men’s prayer breakfast shortly. Sometimes the Saturday posts are a little thin on churchy sort of things. What could be more churchy than a nuclear family walking out of a church in the 1950’s? The dad is wearing a suit and a hat, I mean come on. Coffee, church family, just a hint of sacrilege, but they’re not wrong.

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Atlanta curse my foot. Earlier this year I had to chance to see the World Series trophy on tour as it traveled not only across Georgia but a few other southern states. This week the Georgia Bulldogs Championship trophy was on display for a few hours at our local Food City. Dr. Pepper handed out t-shirts and 12 oz. can drinks and now I keep walking walking around the house shouting “Ice cold Dr. Pepper here!” If you know you know.

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Trapper Keeper – There is no good reason a 2nd grader would need one of these. But they were all the rage in 1983 and I had one anyway. Then another in the 3rd grade and again in the 4th. By the time I started middle school, and may have actually benefited from the kind of organization these monsters offered, the trend had run it’s course. Seeing these at Walmart this week warmed that soft 80’s spot in my heart.

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The original muesli was created in Switzerland around 1900. A physician by the name of Maximilian Bircher-Benner came up with the dish as a remedy for his hospital patients. (In the United States, two brothers named Kellogg invented corn flakes at a sanitarium in Michigan and as that business took off a former patient, C.W. Post, began a rival company. There is a strange correlation between doctors, patients, hospitals and breakfast cereal.) If you grew up in Europe, especially Switzerland or Germany, muesli may have been a staple for breakfast or even lunch. In the United States I never heard of it until Kellogg’s began marketing Mueslix. Pictured above is a store brand box of Muesli from Kroger. I discovered that cereal a couple of years ago while working at Kroger, otherwise I wouldn’t know it exists. I can buy Muesli still but not Kellogg’s Mueslix… at least in the store. I have now learned that i can order Mueslix from Amazon.com or even Walmart.com. Our local Walmart doesn’t put it on the shelf but Kellogg’s makes it and I can order it from Walmart and get it with two-day shipping. Just like I can buy store brand bran flakes at Walmart and Food Lion but cannot find Kellogg’s or Post bran flakes anywhere. Those brand name cereals are also still produced but not carried by grocery stores, at least where I live. Your mileage may vary.

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If you dial 988 (in the United States) you will be connected to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. The new 988 number replaces the previous 11 digit number. The old 1-800 number will continue to work but 988 is the same for calls, text and chat. Veterans can dial 988 and press 1 to connect to the Veterans’ Crisis Line. The new 3 digit number provides ease of access during times of crisis for vets and non-vets alike. Help is available for individuals in need or those who care about them.

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Duck Tales – This is a family of ducks the child and I watched Wednesday morning on our walk. Click here for a short video (18 seconds) of the babies looking for their mother and then click here for video of them climbing out of the water. Yes it’s been hot lately but you can get in a good walk at 8 AM before the temps get out of hand. Friday morning and again this morning I’m taking advantage of that time slot to trim hedge bushes. No ducks but we did have a random chicken a couple of years ago at the church. She just walked around the front yard and ran into the bushes if anyone got close.

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